Chococlate Chip Sweetheart Cupcakes!

These adorable cupcakes are just perfect for Valentine's Day and they are much easier to create than anyone would ever imagine.   The chocolate chip cupcake itself is just to die for and with the addition of homemade butter cream, you will definitely be making someone something special! 

 Here is what you will need:
1 (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
1 8 oz. carton of sour cream
1 (3.5 oz.)  pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup oil
1 Tbs. vanilla
4 eggs
1 8 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
Butter Cream Frosting
8 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup shortening ( used Crisco)
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
a few drops of red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the first six ingredients.  Fold in the chocolate syrup and the chocolate chips.  Place 18 cupcake papers in muffin tins.  Pour the cups about 3/4 full.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 - 22 minutes.  Don't over bake them.  A pick inserted in center should come out clean.
Prepare the butter cream frosting.  Beat powdered sugar, butter and shortening in a large bowl.   Beat milk and vanilla flavoring.  If it's too stiff beat in more milk a few drops at a time.  Add a drop or two of red food coloring just until the frosting is a light pink.
After the cupcakes have cooled, cut the tops off of them straight across at the line of the edge of the cupcake paper. 
 Take the tops and cut a heart shape out of the center.  I did this with a small cookie cutter.
  You can also use a stencil cut out of stiff paper or cardboard and cut around it with a sharp knife.  Frost the tops of the base of the cupcakes and sort of mound it in the middle. 

 Press the tops back on the cupcakes and press down so that some of the frosting sort of oozes up into the heart shape.

Chocolate Chip Sweetheart Cupcakes!


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